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Revision Date: 31-Oct-17

COM-1030-VG01X - Intercultural Communication

Synonym: 165327
Location: Bennington
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Hybrid Section: This course meets both online and at the site office. See below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times.
Semester Dates: 01-02-2018 to 01-28-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 12-22-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 01-17-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Amy Beth Kessinger | View Faculty Credentials
Materials/Lab Fees: $70.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Comments: No registration after 12/22/17. Meets in-person on 1/12 (5-8 pm), 1/13 (10am-8:30pm), 1/14 (10am-3pm). Includes Indian cooking class and meal on 1/13.

Browse the Moodle Site for this class.

Course Description:

This course examines the role that culture plays in the human communication process. Students will examine the various dimensions of communication in a culturally diverse society, including those in interpersonal, small group, organizational and mass media. Students will explore both the theories of intercultural communication and the verbal and nonverbal applications associated with becoming a competent and effective communicator.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the central role that culture plays in all forms of communication and the important theories that provide the framework for understanding this field.
2. Explore the many factors that influence communication patterns within and across cultures, including those of race, class, gender, religion, age, abilities and sexual orientation.
3. Identify and reflect on cultural values that influence an individual’s perception and communication.
4. Interpret the social construction of verbal and nonverbal language, culture, and symbols.
5. Demonstrate communication competence through the awareness of intercultural dynamics and the effective application of verbal and nonverbal skills.
6. Synthesize and present ideas in ways that engage the audience, demonstrate a clear purpose, and employ appropriate language, tone, and supporting evidence.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:


January 2 - 7: Online class

Friday, January 12 (5 - 9pm): Class at CCV Bennington

Saturday, January 13 (10:00am - 8:30pm): Class at CCV Bennington & Indian Cooking Class and dinner

Sunday, January 14 (10:00am - 3:00pm): Class at CCV Bennington

January 16 - 21: Online class

January 23 - 28: Online class


NO TEXTBOOKS! There are no textbooks in this course, as we will be utilzing online educational resources through Hartness Library and Open Source materials. Please be sure you have reliable access to high-speed Internet.

TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERATIONS: A significant portion of our class will take place online and it is your responsibility to learn how to navigate Moodle successfully. To this end, I highly recommend you take advantage the Moodle workshops offered by your local CCV center. Please make sure you are ready for an online class by consulting with your advisor and taking this short assessment.

I will be using the "Announcements" function in Moodle to communicate with the class and all announcements I make will be forwarded to your email; please be sure the email you linked to your CCV account is the email you check on a daily basis. Thank you!


I have been part of the CCV faculty for over fifteen years - and the list of courses online I've taught online and/or onsite includes: Dimensions of Freedom, Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics, Conflict Resolution, Intercultural Communication, Contemporary World Literature, Native American Literature, and African American Literature.

I earned an M.S. in Mediation & Applied Conflict Studies from Woodbury College. I also hold an M.A. in Modern Literature & Culture from The University of York, in England. My B.A. is from Union College, where I majored in English and Philosophy.

Here's what I offer as an instructor:

  • An infectious LOVE of, and knowledge about, Life's Big Questions - and an ability to help students think differently, connect academics to real life, and build meaningful relationships with each other.
  • A sincere commitment to suporting students, as demonstrated by my accessiblity (emails always returned within 24hrs - texts welcomed, etc.) and high level of engagement (very active in discussions).
  • First-hand experience as an online student and 10+ years' experience as an online intructor.
  • Professional experience as a mediator, facilitator and coach.


Please check our Moodle site on or around December 20 for information about the first couple of assignments to be completed for our online class (Janury 2 - 7). The entire course should be build by that time, too. I will email you to let you know that the course is officially "open."


This course will rely heavily on experiential learning, which is learning by doing. To this end, general teaching methods may include:

  • In-class activities which invite you to actively learn about and practice intercultural communication concepts and skills in a thoroughly supportive environment. You will work in pairs, small groups and the entire class.
  • Online discussions that ask more than, "What did you think of the reading?" and instead invite you to engage in meaningful exercises and robust conversations through actvities such as participating in small group problem-solving initatives; analyzing and writing your own case studies; interviewing peers and colleagues; taking virtual field trips; etc.
  • Fun and challenging projects that grant you the freedom and flexibility to pursue your own interests within clearly defined instructions and expectations and give you the chance to apply your academic learning to your real life.

We will gather virtually for three weeks - and the success of the experience will rest on your shared commitment to being genuinely present and engaged in the weekly discussion board activities.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Class participation (including 3 Discussion Forums): 40%
  • Journal Assignments: 20%
  • Presentation: 15%
  • Final Project: 25%

Class Participation (40%): This class is a hybrid class, which means it takes place online and at the CCV Bennington site. Your genuine engagement in both is paramount to the success of this class.

Journal Assignments (20%): You will prepare several pieces of reflective writing in response to specific reading or viewing assignments and/or in-class activities.

Presentation (15%): You will prepare and deliver one short presentation; details to follow.

Final Project (25%): You will submit a portfolio that includes various pieces of work.

Grading Criteria:

Letter Grade Criteria

A through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: indicates satisfactory completion of course objectives (C- or better).

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Spring 2018 textbook data will be available on December 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Amy Beth Kessinger
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Jeanette Jenkins

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is absolutely required. If you accumulate three absences (or the equivalent thereof), then you will fail this course.

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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